I was watching this video: https://youtu.be/EaJt5jC5gbY?t=1228

Time Stamp: 20:30

Here the author says: "The human race made a complete pigs here of that initial management of this virus."

I think there is no dictionary that has a definition for this phrase. I have already searched the internet to no avail. I have no clue what it could possibly mean. Or, Have I heard it wrong?

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The video say "a pig's ear"..

Collins Dictionary pig's ear
"something that has been badly or clumsily done;
a botched job
(especially in the phrase make a pig's ear of (something)) "

There is an old proverb:
"You can't make a silk purse from a sow's ear.", meaning you can't make a fine product from inferior materials.
Word Histories silk purse out of a sow's ear

The figure of speech "make a pig's ear of" may make reference to that proverb, though that's just speculation on my part.

  • Ahh. Then why did I hear it wrong? Ohh dear! Is there something wrong with my ear?
    – Ghost
    May 5, 2023 at 3:10
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    There was something wrong with your here, but that's fixed now! May 5, 2023 at 3:23

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